Sudan: second church demolition this month
Christians in Sudan request prayer as the authorities’ campaign to demolish churches continues. On Wednesday 17th May the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) building in Algadisia, Khartoum was demolished. This follows the demolition of the SCOC church in Soba Al Aradi on 7th May.
The SCOC built a church in Algadisia in 1983. Another person recently claimed ownership but refused to provide any proof. The authorities then demanded that the church should vacate the land. Even when the church showed ownership documents the authorities refused to hear the case, stating they had orders to do so.
There is a government campaign to weaken the church in Sudan. Government authorities have designated 27 churches for demolition, including the two mentioned above, claiming they violate designated purposes for these plots of land. However, the authorities refuse to designate any plots to be used for church buildings, claiming there is no need for new church buildings.
In addition to the scheduled demolition of these 27 churches, the authorities are continuing with the gradual confiscation of properties belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Bahri (Khartoum North) and Omdurman.
Saddened by the attacks on churches by the authorities, Sudanese Christians request prayer:
a. that the government efforts to demolish or confiscate church properties will cease
b. for wisdom, patience and peace for church leaders and members facing ongoing harassment
c. for an end to the continuous pressure against Christians in Sudan, and that Christians will know the peace of the Lord
d. that those responsible for these acts of hostility and destruction will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him